Top 10 reasons to live in Leeds
23 January 2017 - Tim Hearson
We think Leeds is one of the best student cities in the UK and once you've read this list we’re sure you’ll agree:
1. It's one of the largest student cities in the UK
With over 27,000 students at Leeds Beckett University alone and another 37,000 students at other Leeds universities, the city is geared up for students with student-friendly bars, nightclubs and lots of shops offering the all-important student discounts.
2. It's cheap
Cost of living is a lot cheaper in Leeds than other towns and cities, with a pint of beer costing on average of £2.40; you can have a decent night out for less than £20 including your taxi home!
3. Great music scene
If you enjoy live music then make sure you check out the Brudenell Social Club and HiFi Club. If commercial acts are more your thing, the First Direct Arena always has loads of great artists lined up.
4. Shop till you drop
From independent boutiques in the Corn Exchange, to the massive Primark in Trinity Shopping Centre, to the designer stores in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds has something for every occasion and every budget.
5. Food Glorious Food
Brazilian, Vietnamese, Persian, Thai, Argentinian - these are just some of the options in Leeds’s amazing restaurant scene. Then there's Trinity Kitchen with its monthly rotation of the best street food vans from around the UK. And finally, no guide would be complete without the student favourite: Nando’s. We have 5 in Leeds. One for each day of the working week!
6. It's green
Leeds has over 4,000 hectares of green space making it one of the greenest cities to live in Europe. You might think this isn't as exciting as some of the other reasons on our list, but trust us, on a sunny day there’s no better place to be than Woodhouse Moor with an ice lolly. Bliss.
7. Soak up some culture
Museums aren’t just educational, they’re often free making them a perfect place for a day out when your student loan starts to run dry. We recommend the Royal Armouries (for swords, cannons and elephant armour), the Henry Moore Institute (for sculpture and culture) and finally, the Leeds City Museum where you can learn more about the city you will call home.
8. Leeds Fest
Image credit: Daniel Boud
Do we even need to explain this one? Every August bank holiday over 80,000 music lovers descend on Bramham Park for a weekend of live music in the sun (or more often, mud).
9. Amazing Nightlife
Leeds is renowned for its nightlife and no matter what your perfect night out looks like, there'll be a bar, pub or club for you. The city comes alive at night, with many clubs holding exclusive student nights. Then there's local favourite Call Lane where you can take your pick from a bunch of smaller bars with great atmosphere.
10. Day Trips
Get on a bus, train or even your bike and you can be in the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside before you know it. There's an abundance of beautiful, small villages in the area so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to day trips. Why not spend a day in Ilkley, a quaint market town on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales, and enjoy a stroll on the Moor followed by a cup of tea and a scone in Bettys?
Hopefully that has convinced you how great student life is in Leeds. If you'd like to know a bit more, you can watch the video below to find out what our students love about Leeds, or get involved and make new friends before you arrive by liking your hall on Facebook.